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Chopta Attractions/Tourist places/Local Sightseeing
Located approximately 40 km away from Gopeshwar in the Garhwal region, Chopta is one of the most visited hill stations in the state of Uttarakhand. The place is quite famous amongst tourists due to its picturesque views and scenic charm. Moving in and around the city, one is surrounded by the lap of nature. The tranquil atmosphere and lush green surrounding of this magnificent hill station will surely take your breath away. Due its beauty, the place is also renowned as â€˜Mini Switzerlandâ€™ of India.
Earlier, it was an untouched destination but in the recent time, the hill station attracts a good number of tourists and has become a famous destination to enjoy holidays with family and friends. One can find a variety of alpine vegetation and orchids here. You will also find diverse range of flora and fauna. Those who love trekking can come here as this is a great base camp for many treks in the region. With the Chopta travel guide, one can further explore the hill station.
The place around Chopta is simply fascinating and there are many a wonderful destinations tourists head for, the moment they arrive here.
Ukhimath village is situated in Rudraprayag and is named as the winter seat of Lord Kedarnath. During winters, Lord Kedarnath is worshipped at this site because of the heavy snowfall in Kedarnath during winters. In addition, Ukimath houses the temple of Shiva and Parvati as well as that of Usha and Anirudh.
Chandrashila is the summit of mountain where Tungnath Mandir and Chopta are situated. Visitors can enjoy the view of snow covered mountains including Kedar, Nandadevi, Chaukhamba and Trishul peaks from Chandrashila. The place is famous among tourists for trekking, though visitors are not allowed to trek from the onset of winter.
Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary #3
Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary is another prominent attraction situated in Chopta-Gopeshwar road. It extends over an area of 5 sq. km. and houses rare Himalayan wildlife. The sanctuary is known for breeding musk deer and has dense forest and diverse species of fauna.
Deoria Tal #4
Deoria Tal is located nearby Chopta and is situated at a height of around 2,400 m above the sea level. Travellers can see the reflection of Chaukhamba peaks in the water of the lake.
Tungnath Mandir #5
Tungnath Mandir is the prime attraction nearby the Chopta village in Uttarakhand. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva which is situated at a height of 3,680 m above the sea level. According to mythology, Ravana performed penance in order to please Lord Shiva at this site.The temple has the idols Adi Shankaracharya, the Pandavas, Ved Vyasa and Kaal Bhairav. A statue of Nandi is placed at the entrance of the temple. The arm of Lord Shiva is worshipped in this temple and is one of the Panch Kedars. The temple remains closed from November to March due to heavy snowfall. Tourists can see the temples of Goddess Parvati and Ved Vyasa in the nearby courtyard.
Rudranath Mandir #6
Rudranath Mandir is a rock temple that is located in the Chamoli District nearby Chopta village. One of the Panch Kedars, Lord Shiva is worshipped as Neelkanth in this temple. Vaitrani River also known as the 'Water of Salvation' flows behind the Rudranath Temple. Numerous kunds can be seen by travellers nearby the temple, namely the Tarakund and the Suryakund. The Anusuya Devi Temple also lies in the vicinity of the Rudranath Mandir. Travellers can see various peaks like Nandadevi, Trishuli and Hathi Parvat from this temple. The Rudranath Mandir remains closed during winters due to heavy snowfall.
Kalpeshwar Mandir #7
Kalpeshwar Mandir is visited to worship Lord Shiva as 'Jatadhar', because of the existence of entwined hair. It is situated at a height of 2,134 m above the sea level in Chamoli district. This is the only temple out of the five temples of Panch Kedar that remains open in all the seasons.The temple tree Kalpavriksha acts as a perfect spot for sages for meditating. According to the mythology, Sage Arghya had produced a nymph named Urvashi at this site. It is believed that Rishi Durvasa also meditated under Kalpavriksha. Kalpeshwar Mandir can be easily reached from Helang that is at a distance of 11 km.